XPS Document Writer--why do I need this on my computer??

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doodlebug1

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After having brilliant & computer-talented son reload my Windows and return to his home town 1000 miles away, I now notice that anytime I want to print a form off a website, Microsoft XPS Document Writer is the default printer, and I have to manually switch it to my trust-dusty HP printer by clicking on Print Preview instead.

So WHY do I need this Document writer? All it seems to do is "save" it to a folder...and nothing prints. I found the below on the net, which in theory, says it's better than the old system, but 1) who cares if the old way was working fine for me 2) why do I need a format ready print?? and 3) if it's so wonderful, why does it pop up, I press save, and nothing happens? Am I forced to go to that folder to get it printed? I'm unimpressed. (n)

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XPS is Windows Vista's native print format. That is to say, everything that gets sent to a print spooler will be stored as XPS. This replaces Windows' extremely old and rickety print functionality based on GDI and a lot of print-driver voodoo. Basically, anything you build visually in WGF (e.g. XAML) will automatically be in a format ready for print.
 
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I can't tell you why you need it but why not simply go to "Printers and Faxes" and right click on the icon for your HP printer and set it as the default ?
 

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Thanks. I'm swift with parts of the computer and a real dummy with others. lol Just made the change. Still wish I knew what the big deal is with the Writer.

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